Washtenaw County/EMU Legal Resource Center

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The LRC is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m at the Washtenaw County Courthouse. To guarantee same day assistance, please arrive by 3pm. If you cannot visit the LRC, you can call 734.994.0160 to speak to a LRC student. You may also email [email protected].

Legal Resource Center logo
Legal Resource Center logo


The Washtenaw County/Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center is a non-profit charitable organization staffed by paralegal students. The Center is located in the Washtenaw County Courthouse and students of EMU's Paralegal Studies Program assist patrons in accessing and completing appropriate legal forms for certain domestic and civil matters.

Opened in 2004, the Legal Resource Center is a nationally-recognized, collaborative effort between Washtenaw County and Eastern Michigan University dedicated to providing access to justice to members of the community in family and probate law, landlord-tenant disputes and small claims matters.

Legal Resource Center photo
Legal Resource Center photo


The Legal Resource Center does not provide help with appeals or criminal matters and volunteering paralegal students cannot and will not provide legal advice on any topic. Assistance is free to all patrons although printing fees may be accessed for those who can pay.

Open Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Phone: 734.994.0160

The Legal Resource Center follows EMU's academic calendar and will be closed May 21-23, Jul. 2-4 and Aug. 13-27 during the Summer 2024 semester.

Washtenaw County Courthouse, Suite 1112
101 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

"Every year, thousands of people struggle to navigate the court system on their own. Our agency fills a vital need in our community, as it helps people better understand and find their way through a complex legal system. Too many people are deprived of their rights because they don't understand the court system, and this must be changed. If we are to have a truly equal society we must have equal access to the justice system."

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    The Washtenaw County/Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center is a non-profit charitable organization. The goal of the Center is to provide legal information to community members who cannot retain attorneys in certain civil and domestic matters. The Center is funded by Washtenaw County and Engage@EMU but additional funding is needed through donations and grants. Donations are processed through the Eastern Michigan University Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages donations for EMU and EMU-partnered programs.

    Donations can be made here.

  • LRC Statistics

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    The Legal Resource Center assists an average of 200 patrons each month.

    • Approximately 50% of the Center's patrons reside in the Ypsilanti area.
    • Approximately 95% of the Center's patrons reside in Washtenaw County.

    The EMU Paralegal Studies Program is the only university program in the country that sponsors an attorney-supervised legal clinic for its paralegal students.

    The Center is able to provide legal forms that are only available on-line to members of our community who lack computer access.

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